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Rangers Rescue Lost Hiker

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On March 3rd, a 63-year-old Alaska man who thought he was walking a loop trail on a day hike in the Estes Canyon area ended up atop 4,808-foot Mount Ajo, the park’s highest peak, and was evidently unable to continue. Around 7:30 p.m., rangers received word from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office that the hiker was off trail and lost in the Estes Canyon area. Rangers, Border Patrol agents, and a US Customs Service aircraft responded. The man had called 911 on his cell phone and reported he was unprepared to spend the night out. He told the sheriff’s 911 dispatch that he had left the Estes Canyon/Bull Pasture Trail and had climbed to the very top of Mount Ajo. The pilot of the Customs aircraft confirmed the man’s location but could not land nearby. Ranger Mark Wozniak and a Border Patrol agent hiked to Bull Pasture, where they found the man, who had made his way down from the mountain. He was in fairly good condition and walked out to the trailhead with minimal help.



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